No, video games do not incite violent behaviour
A new study taken from 15,000 young adults over ten years has concluded that is no evidence to suggest playing video games encourages violence.
Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington analysed the time spent by participants playing video games versus their tendency to indulge in violent behaviour (such as fighting with other people).
"While the data show that fighting later in life is related to playing video games as an adolescent, most of this is because, relative to females, males both play games more often and fight more often. Estimates that better establish causality find no effect or a small negative effect," said Michael Ward, the main author of the study.
"This is my fourth analysis using the fourth methodology and the fourth dataset on actual outcomes that finds no violent effects from video games," added the researcher.
Video games have often been attributed to potential violent tendencies, namely due to perceived social isolation and high levels of addiction.
This study appears to put to rest the ‘evils of gaming’.
According to the researchers, the study involved US adolescents in grades 7 through to 12, during the 1994-995 school year. The children were later followed up with a series of interviews up to 2008. The final age of participants in the study was between 24 and 32-years old.